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Academia's International Preschool

Year-round preschool available now!

 Spanish or Mandarin Language Preschool & Little World Travelers Preschool in English

International Preschool

Spanish/English or English only 

Academia offers children aged 3+ the option of two preschool programs with ongoing enrollment throughout the year. One includes mornings immersed in the Spanish language, followed by our Little World Travelers English-based program. The other follows an English-based curriculum only. Both include “Prepare for Kindergarten” content to establish literacy and numeracy foundations required for a successful transition to kindergarten.

Children explore the world, learning about a different country or civilization for a week at a time through arts and crafts, and music and movement activities. A weekly Mandarin class is available in fall, 2018, as well.

  • Spanish preschool instruction is 9am – 12:30pm followed by Little World Travelers in the afternoon OR full-day Little World Travelers in English.
  • Academia’s offers year-round preschool options and is closed for one week of winter break and some holidays only. See FAQ’s for specific dates of closure.
  • Attendance during the summer months follows Academia’s World Explorers summer camp curriculum in English with one hour of Spanish per day.

Mandarin/English

Academia is committed to bringing affordable preschool immersion Mandarin to the community. In Fall Academia 2019, Academia will launch a third preschool program offering Mandarin/English.

Our Mandarin immersion program will take place from 9am to 12pm every day, with the rest of the day taught in English and following Academia’s Little World Travelers and Prepare for Kindergarten tracks.

For year-round attendees, summer months follow Academia’s World Explorers summer camp in English.

Pricing will be subsidized for parents registering in 2018 or 2019 and locked in for the duration of a child’s enrollment in the program.  Attendance from 3-5 half or full days per week (of at least three hours per day).

Parents interested in starting Mandarin/English preschool earlier than fall 2019 should email info@chicagoacademia.com to register. A small-group program will commence as soon as there are three families interested in their child attending on the same days of the week.

Academia’s Custom Preschool Schedules!

A new concept in flexible scheduling to meet your family’s needs.
Create your own schedule:

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Choose how many hours per day you want your child to attend.

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Choose how many days per week you want your child to attend.

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Review the pricing table provided.

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with your selections or questions
or to schedule a free trial.

Spanish Preschool & Little World Travelers Preschool in English

Price Per Month
Hours per day 1 day 2 days 3 days 4 days 5 days
3 hours $130 $260 $390 $430 $470
4 hours $180 $360 $540 $570 $630
5 hours $190 $380 $570 $720 $780
6 hours $210 $420 $630 $760 $880
7.75 hours short day (7:30am – 3:15pm) $280 $560 $840 $870 $950
9.5 hours full day (7:30am – 5:00pm) $300 $600 $900 $950 $1000

Price Per Month

3 hours per day   $130 1 day / $260 2 days / $390 3 days / $430 4 days / $470 5 days


4 hours per day   $180 1 day / $360 2 days / $540 3 days / $570 4 days / $630 5 days


5 hours per day   $190 1 day / $380 2 days / $570 3 days / $720 4 days / $780 5 days


6 hours per day   $210 1 day / $420 2 days / $630 3 days / $760 4 days / $880 5 days


7.75 hours short day (7:30am3:15pm)   $280 1 day / $560 2 days / $840 3 days / $870 4 days / $950 5 days


9.5 hours full day (7:30am5:00pm)   $300 1 day / $600 2 days / $900 3 days / $950 4 days / $1000 5 days

Late pick-up 5:00pm – 6:30pm $20/month per weekday enrollment.

  • Non-refundable registration fee: $100 per child for any enrollment selection.
  • Tuition is not based on students’ actual attendance or reduced during holidays or breaks. 
  • Pricing current as of October 7, 2018. Pricing subject to change until tuition deposit is received.

Mandarin Preschool & Little World Travelers Preschool in English

Price Per Month
Hours per day 3 days 4 days 5 days
3 hours $390 $430 $550
4 hours $540 $570 $627
5 hours $570 $630 $700
6 hours $640 $700 $800
7.75 hours short day (7:30am – 3:15pm) $680 $750 $850
9.5 hours full day (7:30am – 6:30pm) $700 $770 $900

Price Per Month

3 hours per day   $390 3 days / $430 4 days / $550 5 days


4 hours per day   $540 3 days / $570 4 days / $627 5 days


5 hours per day   $570 3 days / $630 4 days / $700 5 days


6 hours per day   $640 3 days / $700 4 days / $800 5 days


7.75 hours Short Day (7:30am3:15pm)   $680 3 days / $750 4 days / $850 5 days


9.5 hours Full Day (7:30am6:30pm)   $700 3 days / $770 4 days / $900 5 days

  • Non-refundable registration fee: $100 per child for any enrollment selection.
  • Tuition is not based on students’ actual attendance or reduced during holidays or breaks. 
  • Pricing current as of October 7, 2018. Pricing subject to change until tuition deposit is received.

Hours selected must include Mandarin class hours from 9:00am-12:00pm in order to receive subsidized pricing. 

ACADEMIA PRESCHOOL PERKS

Parents with children attending 3-5 half/full days receive:

Free Adult Language Classes! One free weekly adult language class from date of preschool signup and for the duration of your child’s enrollment in the program.

Free Parents Evening Out! Once a month, throughout the school year, drop off any of your children aged 3+ for a PJ & Pizza Party: 5:30pm – 8:30pm.


FAQs

What are the language classes like?
Academia’s children’s language classes are highly interactive lessons with significant use of music and playful repetition by children to build vocabulary and speaking ability. Classes involve more direct language teaching than some Spanish immersion programs, but in a way that is super fun and engaging for kids.

What is Academia's Little World Travelers curriculum?
Children engage in project-based learning to increase their communication skills and develop their social awareness. Cultural themes are explored through music, art, movement, craft-based activities, and project work.

What is Academia's Prepare for Kindergarten curriculum?
Appropriate for children in the year before they start kindergarten or children currently enrolled in a half-day kindergarten. This class features thematic units, cooperative learning activities, and hands-on, student-centered methods to build on numeracy and literacy foundations, as well as social skills.

Am I able to observe a class?
Yes! You are welcome to come and observe a class. We encourage you to stop by with your child for a free trial. Parent’s are welcome to stay and observe or leave. Children may attend a free trial for up to three hours.

Email us at info@chicagoacademia.com to request a free drop-in trial or time to observe.

We also host a weekly open house on Sundays from 10:00am – 11:00am. Feel free to stop by with your child.

What is the academic year?
Academia’s preschool programs are available year-round. During the academic year, the curriculum follows the approach described on this page. During the summer vacation months, the curriculum switches to the Academia World Explorers Summer Camp program. Parents may choose to sign up for the full year option or can end it at the end of the academic year. Not sure what to choose? You can make your selection at any time.

However, if you wish for your child to attend during the academic school year:

2019-2020 Academic School Year: 

First day of school: Monday, August 26, 2019
Last day of school: Friday, June 5, 2020
Total number of school days for the 2019-2020 school year: 192
*The 2018-2019 academic school year ends May 31, 2019.
What holidays or breaks does Academia's preschool observe?
  • Thursday, November 22, 2018 – Friday, November 23, 2018. School resumes Monday, November 26, 2019.
  • Monday, December 24, 2018 – January 1, 2019: Winter Holiday. School resumes Wednesday, January 2, 2019.
  • Monday, May 27, 2019: Memorial Day
  • Thursday, July 4, 2019: Independence Day
  • Labor Day: Monday, September 2, 2019
  • Wednesday, November 27 – Friday, November 29, 2019
  • Monday, December 23, 2019 –  Wednesday, January 1, 2020.  School resumes Thursday, January 2, 2020.
  • Memorial Day: Monday, May 25, 2020.

Meet the Team

Qi Guo

Qi Guo

Mandarin instructor

Qi is a native of China and currently resides in the Chicago area.  Before moving to the Chicago area, she lived and worked in Kobe, Japan, for three years where she learned to speak and write Japanese.  Qi has experience teaching both adults and children in a small group environment and believes that “A different language is a different vision of life.”  She obtained her Master’s degree in Bilingual/Bicultural Education from Columbia University.  Qi also trained to teach an immersion program in the New York City public school system.

Julieta Falla

Julieta Falla

Spanish preschool instructor

Julieta is a native of Guatemala and now resides in the Chicago area.  She currently teaches Spanish preschool at Academia.  Julieta was a lead instructor for Language Stars teaching Spanish language programs to children ages 1-10 at centers and several school programs.  While in Guatemala, she was a volunteer at the Museum of Mayan Art and Archeology.  Julieta studied Law at the University Francisco Marroquin, Guatemala.

Andreina Guerra

Andreina Guerra

Spanish preschool instructor

Andreina is a native of Venezuela and currently resides in the Chicago area.  In addition to being a Spanish Preschool Instructor at Academia, she teaches Spanish to grades K-8 in both public and private schools.  Andreina has previous experience at Language Stars teaching Spanish language programs to children ages 1-10 at centers and several school programs.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Universidad Santa Maria, Caracas and a Master’s in Banking and International Finance from Universidad Catolica Andres Bello, Caracas.  Andreina also has a Master’s in International Law and International Relations from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain.

Riacela Ortiz

Riacela Ortiz

Early childhood instructor

Riacela is originally from Puerto Rico and now resides in the Chicago area.  She is currently an Early Childhood Instructor at Academia.  Riacela has worked with preschool-age children for over 12 years and is certified in first aid and CPR.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the Universidad Catolica de Mayaguez, Puerto Rico and a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Northwestern University.